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In the chilly winter months it's more important than ever to look after your health. Here are some quick tips on how to stay fighting fit and beat the bugs this winter.

Keep warm

There are some simple things you can do to stay snug when the temperature drops outside, including keeping your living room at 70⁰F (21⁰C) and your bedroom at 65⁰F (18⁰C). Make sure you draw the curtains at dusk and close doors to keep out chilly draughts. Wearing lots of layers helps to keep you warmer, and hot drinks throughout the day and at bedtime are a good way to help to keep your body temperature up too.

Eat well

Eating well is vital during the winter months, so make sure you start the day with a hearty breakfast and incorporate plenty of fruit and vegetables into your diet. Beef, ginger and porridge are all great for the immunity too, and make perfect winter ingredients. It's important to eat at least one hot meal every day during the cold weather but if you don't feel like cooking or you'd just like a helping hand in the kitchen from time to time, the Oakhouse Foods range of home delivered meals and desserts is ideal.

Keep moving

Staying active isn't just good for your general wellbeing – it also helps to keep you warm. If you're getting out and about, yoga, pilates and dancing are all great ways to keep fit and have fun. If you're finding it hard to get out, just getting up and walking around is beneficial, and chair based exercises can be helpful too.

Have your flu jab

It's free if you're a pensioner, you care for someone older or you have a condition like diabetes, Parkinson's and others - speak to your GP to find out more.

Keep your spirits up!

It's important to keep bright and busy at this time of year and even if you're finding it tricky to get out there are ways to keep in touch with others during the cold weather –Skype can be a great way to catch up with loved ones and if you'd like some help to get out more there are plenty of befriending services available through organisations like Friends of the Elderly. If you regularly attend local coffee mornings or other groups try to keep going through the winter if you can. Here's to a happy and healthy winter!

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